The strategic partnership signed by Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and GMF AeroAsia in October could see more widebody MRO capability in Southeast Asia shifting to Indonesia.

The partnership will allow GMF, Garuda Indonesia’s MRO subsidiary, to take advantage of AFI KLM E&M’s maintenance expertise on aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787. 

“These new aircraft will start to populate the region,” GMF director-business and base operation Tazar Marta Kurniawan said. “Air France and KLM also have advanced expertise in engines maintenance, in the CFM56-5 and CFM56-7, respectively.”

The company recently attained the capability to maintain the CFM56-5B, he said, and the first engine was delivered Nov. 5 to LCC Citilink, also a Garuda subsidiary.

The partnership will give regional customers cost-effective options in a “closer proximity,” he said. The partners will initially focus primarily on A330s and 747s. Details will be finalized over the next six months before proceeding further, Kurniawan said.

“As we are growing our business in this region, we need to have a local partner for logistics and repair,” AFI KLM E&M EVP Géry Mortreux said. “There will be some priorities to develop and support the Garuda fleet as well.”

The partnership will also benefit from GMF’s strong narrowbody capabilities in the narrowbody-centric market, AFI KLM E&M GM-sales, Southeast Asia-Pacific Seamus McMahon said.

Chen Chuanren, chuanren@purplelightvisuals.com